The Wickford Art Association (WAA) is presenting its annual “Juried Artist Member Invitational”, highlighting the work of six of Wickford Art Association’s juried artist members. The exhibit runs from July 28 to August 20, 2017. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

The invited artists are:

Felicia Touhey from Newport, RI is a printmaker and encaustic painter. Inspired by nature, she approaches both printmaking and encaustic painting in a similar manner: creating through the development of many layers in an additive and subtractive way. Felicia’s work is published in “Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century”, Schiffer Publishing, 2016.

George Salter from Narragansett, RI is a primarily self-taught photographer with an eye for composition and color. He has traveled the world but one thing he has learned is that one doesn’t have to go to exotic locations to make good photographic images. Rhode Island’s places and people offer countless possibilities for any artist.

Laura White Carpenter is a Providence‐based artist who has been recognized and honored with awards in highly competitive international exhibits. She creates joyous and cheerful art in a variety of media including ceramic sculpture, mixed media, painting and photography. Laura holds a degree in art therapy and works daily as an occupational therapist, using art to connect hospitalized patients with their individual healing journeys.

North Kingstown artist Maryann Tirocchi began painting in the early 1990’s at Wickford Art Association. She studied at the Cape Cod School of Art, which teaches a distinctive approach to seeing and painting color and light in nature. Maryann attended Rhode Island School of Design and numerous workshops to hone her skills. Her striking landscape and still life paintings use light and shadow to create drama.

Born and raised in Peru, Patricia Varón paints full-time in her studio in Wickford, RI. She enjoys watercolor, a medium she loves because of its natural fluidity and portability as well as pastel. An interior designer, she has studied at the School of the Museum of Art in Boston and at the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. She has painted all over the world and right here in her backyard.

A perpetual student from an early age, Warwick resident Sharon D. Eisman’s studies include Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island College and Butera School of Art, Boston. From traditional and non-traditional lettering, drawing and painting materials, to yarns, fabrics, metals, and wood, all offer their own unique experiences. Sharon continues to explore the variety of mediums, tools, marks, and styles as each provides unique possibilities in her calligraphic and lettering, painting, drawing and mixed media work.

The opening reception is on Friday, August 20, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI.

The Wickford Art Association is a non-profit organization with over 450 members from Rhode Island and New England. The association hosts art shows and classes in its gallery at 36 Beach Street in North Kingstown, and has produced the Wickford Art Festival every July since 1962. Wickford Art Association is dedicated to educating, encouraging and inspiring artists and art lovers throughout the community.

Wickford Art Association hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 – 3:00 PM and Sunday noon to 3:00 PM. For more information, call 401.294.6840 or visit www.wickfordart.org

Artist contact information for Press:

Felicia Touhey

George Salter

Laura White Carpenter

Maryann Tirocchi

Patrica Varón

Sharon D. Eisman

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